One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large coniferous North American tree with flattened needles of two different sizes, grown for pulp and as an ornamental.
"Tsuga heterophylla", family "Pinaceae"
- ‘Red Crossbills typically inhabit mature conifer forests, and the different types tend to specialize on preferred trees, including western hemlock, lodgepole pine and Engleman spruce.’
- ‘There was the stack of green bottles they were looking for and a track leading into a woodland, stocked with birch and western hemlock trees.’
- ‘Eventually, dwarf mistletoe plants steal enough water, minerals, and nutrients to kill the ponderosa and lodgepole pines, Douglas-firs, western larches, and western hemlocks they attack.’
- ‘Closer to the sea, where the terrain is smoother, forests of Sitka spruce and western hemlock have developed.’
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